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Last Updated: Monday, 27 September, 2004, 05:48 GMT 06:48 UK
Safety training for school trips
Children on school trip
Schoolchildren negotiating a gorge
A new course has been developed for school teachers to help cut the number of serious injuries and fatal accidents on educational trips and visits.

The move follows a number of high-profile accidents involving children on school trips in both the UK and abroad.

The course, run by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, will involve guidance on Government policy and legal requirements.

Risk management will also be a feature of the course, which starts next year.

Juliet Barratt, RoSPA's head of safety education and a geography teacher for six years, said she developed the idea because she had no specific instruction in risk assessment or health and safety during her training.

Positive feedback

She said: "National training in this area of accident prevention is very limited but there is a huge demand for this type of course.

"It is well documented in safety education circles that risk assessment is not an area that many teachers feel confident in.

"Having the knowledge to carry out a risk assessment properly is an essential tool with which all teachers should be equipped."

She said the course was not accredited but has received positive feedback from teaching unions.

The three-hour session, called Managing the Risks, will be run from RoSPA's headquarters in Edgbaston, Birmingham from Easter.

It is aimed at both newly-qualified and experienced teachers and those completing it will be awarded a RoSPA certificate.

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